"A raw, introspective look at the harsh realities of war, a vivid snapshot of some of the soldiers who were sent to fight the 'Global War on Terror,' and a story of the human 'costs' of endless wars"
—Francis P. Sempa, Real Clear
"Gonzo, ghoulish, and unforgettable: one of the strongest books yet to emerge from America's misadventure in Afghanistan."
—Kirkus (starred review)
"This may be the most bracingly honest, refreshing account of the Afghan war that I've ever read."
—Sebastian Junger, New York Times Bestselling author of War and Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
“Lays bare just how far from the truth the official word is. . . this book is tremendous.”
—Andy Levy, from The Daily Beast’s The New Abnormal podcast
"Whistles From the Graveyard hits, immediate and ruthless. An important and courageous record of a catastrophic time."
—Sean T. Conroe, author of Fuccboi: A Novel
"The Marine Corps is a weird place and when you go to war everything only gets weirder. You see beauty and horror, tragedy and joy, savagery and kindness. In short, it’s a mess; and it takes a camera obscura to capture it all. Miles Lagoze did this in his groundbreaking film and he’s going to do it again in his memoir."
—Elliot Ackerman, National Book Award Finalist and author of Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning
“If the military is a microcosm of our country, Miles Lagoze's book is a warning for our society--an indictment of not just our greedy war machine but of the culture that ignores and even supports it. Lagoze turns on a night vision camera in a dark corner and instead of scattering, the roaches flock and perform, reveal their true selves. Shelve it aside Michael Herr's Dispatches and Evan Wright's Generation Kill."
—Matt Young, author of Eat the Apple
Praise for Miles Lagoze's Combat Obscura
“An eye-opening dispatch from a conflict mired in confusion.” —The New York Times
“The camera documents reality as it simultaneously creates a version of it – a mix of therapy, confessional, and a mirror held up to young, grime-streaked faces.” —The Washington Post
“A warts-and-all approach at in-the-trenches behavior and misbehavior.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“An unexpurgated ‘making of’ of the Afghan Campaign. This remarkable film comes across as war’s backstage story – it’s about the stuff they leave out of the official coverage.” —Film Comment
“So raw the Corps doesn’t want you to see it. One of the most genuine looks at what the Forever War was like for those who waged it.” —Task & Purpose
“Depicts the war beneath the narratives, capturing the soldier’s experience with an immediacy that explodes political abstraction, placing it in a more humanist context.” —Newsweek
“A filmmaking masterpiece… The film’s true brilliance lies in its situational hysteria, a scene-by-scene unpredictability that serves as a microcosm of a war with no end — and no definitive outcome — in sight.” —Military Times
“Detonates any lingering fantasies of military heroism.” —AV Club